The great delicious. food and drink Christmas quiz
So the turkey’s been gobbled, and the last of the roasties devoured? Instead of reaching for the remote, revive the grey matter: get the scorepad out, appoint a quizmaster and pit your wits against one another. Winner gets an extra Christmas cracker…
Take a look at our other after-dinner quiz too – you could even combine them both and go for an even longer quiz!
Print off the PDF version and hand it out to friends and family – don’t forget to remove the answers from the bottom of the page though!
1.What name is given to the square sausage served in traditional Scottish breakfasts?
2. Which jazz musician would often sign his letters ‘Red Beans and Ricely Yours’?
3. What is poitín?
4. What is poutine?
5. Approximately how many packets of biscuits does a British household get through every year?
6. Which biscuit containing currants is named after an 18th-century Italian general?
7. What are the spices in Chinese five-spice powder?
8. The remains of the earliest cultivated potato date to 2500BC. In which modern country were they found?
9. How many bottles are in a Nebuchadnezzar of champagne?
10. Which popular snack item can be used to make dynamite?
11. Which tinned fruit was one of the first food items to be eaten on the moon?
12. What do gel manicures and jelly beans have in common?
13. Alan Shepard famously took a peanut to the moon. What did John Young take into space in 1965?
14. Which common condiment used to be known as black gold?
15. In the Raymond Briggs book The Snowman, what does James use to make the snowman’s nose?
16. Italian ‘tipo 00’ flour is recommended for making pasta, but what does the ‘00’ actually mean?
17. What is mageirocophobia?
18. Which Christmas spice can cause hallucinations if consumed to excess?
19. What is carmine red food colouring made from?
20. Which love-it-or- loathe-it spread was first produced in 1902?
21. If you were to receive all the gifts listed in “The 12 Days of Christmas”, how many presents would you have?
22. Which Australian opera singer was immortalised by having a dessert named after him/her?
23. What’s the most popular tipple left out by children for Santa on Christmas Eve?
24. Brevibacterium epidermidis is used to make limberger cheese. The same bacteria is also found in what part of the body?
25. In which year was Coca-Cola invented?
26. In which 1987 foodie film was ‘savarin au rum avec des figues et fruit glacée’ served as the dessert?
27. James Bond likened drinking which 1953 vintage champagne above 38°F to “listening to The Beatles without ear muffs”?
28. What was the colour of Booker T and The MGs’ onions?
29. What is injera?
30. What is SPAM short for?
Answers: 1. Lorne 2. Louis Armstrong 3. A pot-distilled Irish spirit 4. A dish from Quebec of chips, gravy and cheese 5. 106 6. Garibaldi 7. Fennel, cloves, cinnamon, star anise and sichuan pepper 8. Peru 9. 20 10. Peanuts 11. Peaches (as well as bacon, cookies, fruit juice and coffee) 12. They use shellac (made using insect secretions) 13. A corned beef sandwich 14. Pepper 15. A tangerine 16. It has a licence to kill…? No, that it’s the most finely ground 17. A fear of cooking 18. Nutmeg 19. Crushed cochineal insects 20. Marmite 21. 364 22. Dame Nellie Melba 23. Beer ( followed by whisky and sherry) 24. The feet 25. 1886 26. Babette’s Feast 27. Dom Pérignon 28. Green 29. Ethiopian flatbread 30. Spiced ham
1. Who wafted in, not from paradise, but from Luton Airport in a 1970s Campari tv commercial? Watch the advert.
2. Which Christmas song opens the 1987 American action comedy film Lethal Weapon? Watch the film.
3. In the 2005 American Christmas comedy Elf, the characer Buddy names the four elf food groups. What are they? Watch the film.
Candy, candy cane, candy corn and syrup
4. Bowls of nuts are a popular Christmas snack. But which character said “This is me in a nutshell” in 1997’s grooviest film? Watch the film.
5. What’s the name of the carrot who saves Christmas in Aldi’s 2017 Christmas tv commercial? Watch the advert.